A ‘PHIST’ Bump for Island Sustainability

The Phuket Hotels Association (PHA) is hosting a brand-new international forum this September. Entitled ‘Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism’ – or PHIST, for short – the forum is planned in support of the region’s hospitality industry as it grapples with sustainability issues in the quest to secure its future.

Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism

Longtail boats line the beach at Maya Bay on Phi Phi Le island in Southern Thailand. This year, the beach was temporarily closed to tourists by Thai authorities in a bid help it recover from environmental damage due to excessive visitor numbers.

The PHIST Forum 2018 will be hosted at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on Monday, 24 September. The event is organised jointly by C9 Hotelworks and Greenview – two respected consultants in regional hospitality. The duo plan to bring together key stakeholders in South East Asia’s tourism and hospitality industry to explore solutions to mounting environmental concerns.

The information presented at PHIST forum will hold particular relevance for island hotspots such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Boracay, Bali and Phu Quoc. All sessions are free to attend, with upwards of 500 delegates expected.

Among the speakers at PHIST’s inaugural forum will be Six Senses’ Neil Jacobs, interviewed by QUO CEO David Keen in a talk entitled ‘Building a Green Monster – Hotel101’. The two seasoned experts will discuss the challenges hotel brands face as they struggle to embody the change they hope to see in the environments where they operate.

Several other talks and keynote addresses are also on the agenda. Visit the Phuket Hotels Association website to read more or to register for PHIST online.